For some mysterious reason, there are no Oscars honoring casting directors, despite the essential work they do and how delighted viewers are with the results. Just look at the thousands of responses redditor u/MKE_Now got when they asked the people of AskReddit, “Which actor or actress was the best cast role in film or TV?” Here are 27 casting decisions, the casting directors probably met before they smiled at themselves in the mirror and thought, “Hey, I’m great at this.”
Responses may have been edited for length and/or clarity.
1.“André the giant come in The Prince’s Bride. Perfect.”
2.Steven Yeun as Invincible/Mark Grayson. His voice is just so fitting, especially after reading the comics.
3.“Christoph Waltz as Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds. They needed someone who was fluent in four languages and could play an extremely intelligent and extremely evil role. This movie wouldn’t be the same without him.”
4.“A brand new one, but I’m going to choose Austin Butler as Elvis. A few other bigger names auditioned for the role (Harry Styles, Miles Teller, and Ansel Elgort), but I couldn’t imagine anyone ever having a better performance than Austin.”
5.“Gene Wilder played Willy Wonka perfectly in the 1971 film. His moody, utter disinterest in the dangers befalling the children and his justifiable anger at the theft of the Fizzy Lifting Drinks were all real and beautifully performed!”
6.“Patrick Stewart as Professor X. Even as a kid, when I read the comics and saw the cartoons, I just pictured him as Professor X. It almost felt inevitable.”
7.“I loved all of the people who were involved The Addams family. Raul Julia did a wonderful gomez with his stilted delivery. Angelica Huston came to life as Morticia Addams. Christopher Lloyd’s transformation into Fester is incredible to watch. Christina Ricci made a really chilled Wednesday.”
8th.“Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. Absolute genius and a perfect casting decision. Given that they didn’t know there was going to be an MCU when this came out, I have a strong belief that the fact that any of it worked is down to that performance and that casting.”
9.“Meryl Streep in The devil Wears Prada comes to mind immediately. But she’s also basically a perfect fit for any role.”
10“I’ll say this until I’m blue in the face. Bryan Cranston as Walter White. Although he nailed the role 100%, the casting isn’t perfect because of that. Bryan spent seven years on American television as Hal from Malcolm in the middle before continuing breaking Bad. In the first few episodes, viewers not only saw Walter White, but also the lovely family man they’ve seen for years. It really helps to establish an initial “goodness” in Walter that we then see corrupted by money, power, ego, etc. No one could have done the role as well as Bryan Cranston.”
11.“Richard Ayoade in The IT crowd. He was so perfect that they couldn’t even replace him with anyone else when they tried to do a US version. They just brought him over.”
12.“Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. One of the most iconic films of all time, and she didn’t even win Best Actress for that performance.”
13.“The entire cast of Dark. It’s a show about time travel and you see the same characters at different stages in their lives so they had to use different actors and the casting is so good you could swear it’s the same people.”
14“Jamie Foxx in beam was supernatural.”
fifteen.“James Earl Jones as Darth Vader’s voice. There is no other answer.”
16James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano. I’m not sure I’ll ever be that strong with another cast. What a remarkable talent.”
17“Alan Rickman as Severus Snape honestly worked incredibly well. You usually don’t realize it until you watch it again, but in the last scene The Half-Blood Prince, you can just see a softness in his eyes. He made the character hateful. what you wanted.”
18“I can’t imagine anyone else playing Doc Brown besides Christopher Lloyd.”
19“Christopher Lee as Saruman. I remember as a kid walking out of the theater I was absolutely blown away because it looked exactly how I imagined it would when I read the book, like someone had reached into my head and pulled it out Lord of the rings The casting decisions were really great, but he stands out to me the most.”
20“Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter. Terrifying and classic. Nothing compares with so little screen time.”
21Hugh Laurie as House. He is extremely egocentric, egotistical, abusive, condescending, and childish, while still being contagious and admirable, even to the people he constantly ridicules and manipulates. The level of wit that went into the character and the way it was delivered was quite masterful.”
22Kathy Bates as Annie Wilkes in misery. No one else could touch that role.”
23“Jim Carrey im Series of unfortunate events Movie. Feelings about the film itself aside, the entire cast looks 100% how I imagined them as a kid.”
24“Rainn Wilson was born Dwight Schrute. I think he made the show what it was. He doesn’t get enough credit.”
25“Jesse Plemons as Todd in breaking Bad. I couldn’t tell he was playing. He did everything perfectly to make me insecure, skeptical and uncomfortable when he was on screen.”
26“Imelda Staunton as Umbridge. She absolutely nailed this toady woman.”
27And finally: “Margo Martindale as Esteemed Character Actress Margo Martindale in BoJack Horseman. Absolutely remarkable performance.”
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